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jpelle | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 2, 2011 at 3:59 AM via web

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How does Toni Morrison involve the reader intellectually, emotionally and imaginatively in her text The Bluest Eye?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 2, 2011 at 7:47 PM (Answer #1)

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From the beginning, the reader is involved in Morrison's The Bluest Eye.  First, the opening primer which is an allusion to the popular Dick and Jane primary readers of the mid 1900s reminds readers of the history surrounding those texts.  The Dick and Jane readers posited an ideal lifestyle that stood in sharp contrast to the reality of life for many Americans.  From here, the reader knows that life will not be ideal for the characters in the novel. 

Then, the opening line before the section titled "Autumn" is a colloquialism that is meant to engage the audience and draw the reader into the story.  The narrator says "Quiet as kept. . ." to let the reader know that he or she will be part of the secret that is present in the town.  The reader wants to be part of this town gossip and is drawn into the text.

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